Armadale UCA

25th October 2020

Shin Young-Hun (Korean, 1923-), Outreach of the New Covenant.
Source: The Bible Through Asian Eyes, p. 163

`Looking ahead…`

Pentecost 21

Rev Fiona Winn

Welcome and Grace

Scripture sentence

`This is what the Lord says: Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.
But we said: We will not walk in it.`
Jeremiah 6: 16

TIS 224 `All hail the power of Jesus` Name`
Songs of Praise: https://youtu.be/9voJsbicG9M
St. Olaf College Minnesota: https://youtu.be/kgQ9ER-fdWQ

1 All hail the power of Jesus' name!
Let angels prostrate fall,
bring forth the royal diadem
and crown him Lord of all.

2 Crown him you martyrs of our God,
who witnessed to his call;
exalt the one whose path you trod,
and crown him Lord of all.

3 Descendants of his chosen race
you ransomed from the Fall,
hail him who saves you by his grace,
and crown him Lord of all.

4 Sinners, whose love cannot forget
the wormwood and the gall,
go spread your offering at his feet
and crown him Lord of all.

5 Let every people, nation, tribe,
on this terrestrial ball,
to him all majesty ascribe
and crown him Lord of all.

6 O that in heaven with that great throng,
we at his feet may fall,
join in the everlasting song
and crown him Lord of all.

Jubilate Hymns version of 'All hail the power of Jesus' name'
Edward Perronet (c.1726 - 1792) and John Rippon (1751 - 1836)
© Jubilate Hymns Ltd CM

Prayer

Open our lips
and our mouths shall proclaim Your praise.
Open our hearts
and our love shall declare Your goodness.
Open our minds
and our thoughts shall reflect Your greatness.
Open our eyes
that we may see and tell out Your mercy.
Open our ears
that we may hear and share Your Word with others.
Open our hands
that we may work and give and care.
Open our lives
that we may serve and celebrate together
as Jesus has shown us how.
Open us to Your Holy Spirit that we may truly worship You
in our gathering…
in our dispersing,
in community…in solitude,
in life…in death.
All praise to You Mighty God,
Loving Father, Risen Son, Spirit of life and truth.
Forgive our conditioned and conditional love…
Help us to love like You love. Lord have mercy…
Forgive the deviousness of our hearts…
Straighten us out. Work in our hearts. Christ have mercy…
Forgive our calculated, contrived worship.
Transform and renew us to wonder in fresh ways and words.
Lord have mercy…
`Create in us a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within us`. Ps. 51: 10
These our prayers, our confession we offer, trusting in Your great mercy. We hear Christ`s words of grace `Your sins are forgiven`
Thanks be to God. Amen

Readings:

Deuteronomy 34: 1-12
Moses Dies and Is Buried in the Land of Moab

34 Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the Lord showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, the Negeb, and the Plain—that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees—as far as Zoar. The Lord said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.” Then Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, at the Lord’s command. He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day. Moses was one hundred twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigour had not abated. The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended.
Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the Lord had commanded Moses.
10 Never since has there arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. 11 He was unequalled for all the signs and wonders that the Lord sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants and his entire land, 12 and for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.

Psalm 90

God’s Eternity and Human Frailty
A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.

Lord, you have been our dwelling place  in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
You turn us back to dust,
and say, “Turn back, you mortals.”
For a thousand years in your sight
are like yesterday when it is past,
or like a watch in the night.
You sweep them away; they are like a dream,
like grass that is renewed in the morning;
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
    in the evening it fades and withers.
13Turn, O Lord! How long?
    Have compassion on your servants!
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
    so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad as many days as you have afflicted us,
    and as many years as we have seen evil.
16 Let your work be manifest to your servants,
    and your glorious power to their children.
17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
    and prosper for us the work of our hands—
    O prosper the work of our hands!

Matthew 22: 34-46
The Greatest Commandment

34 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35 and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 `Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?` 37 He said to him, `You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

The Question about David’s Son

41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: 42 “What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” 43 He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying,44 ‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet”’?
45 If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?” 46 No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

Song – Stuart Townend `Jesus is Lord`
https://youtu.be/8zBgMJtLk9s

Jesus is Lord’ – the cry that echoes through creation:
Resplendent power, eternal Word, our Rock,
The Son of God, the King whose glory fills the heavens,
Yet bids us come to taste this living Bread.

Jesus is Lord – whose voice sustains the stars and planets,
Yet in His wisdom laid aside His crown,
Jesus the Man, who washed our feet, who bore our suffering,
Became a curse to bring salvation’s plan.

Jesus is Lord – the tomb is gloriously empty,
Not even death could crush this King of love.
The price is paid, the chains are loosed, and we’re forgiven,
And we can run into the arms of God.

Jesus is Lord’ – a shout of joy, a cry of anguish,
As He returns, and every knee bows low.
Then every eye and every heart will see His glory,
The Judge of all will take His children home.

Stuart Townend & Keith Getty Copyright © 2003 Thankyou Music
(Adm. by CapitolCMGPublishing.com excl. UK & Europe,
adm. by Integrity Music, part of the David C Cook family, songs@integritymusic.com)

Reflection and Q and A

Reflection – 25.10.20 – Looking ahead…
Looking from the top of Mt. Nebo, what might have been in the mind of Moses as gazed out over the Promised Land?
He has brought the people to a place where now he must leave them.
After all they`ve been through together…slavery in Egypt, plagues, exodus, wandering for a generation, the trials and tribulations in the desert, here they are now – about to enter the Promised Land…
He`s not looking back. He`s looking forward.
He`s not pushing on. He`s laying down and letting go.
He`s not agitating for more. He is content to hand things over, to lay hands on, in a way, to ordain Joshua as his successor.
He has accomplished what God asked of him.
His role now is not to go any further.
It is finished.
He has achieved so much: led the people out of bondage; guided and taught them - complaining and difficult though they were.
He saved the people - spoke with God on their behalf.
He brought God`s special Law to them and established their particular identity, Moses - `the originator of the originality of Israel`; the greatest of Israel`s prophets. (Numbers 12: 6-8)
Full of years after an extraordinary life as he looks out across the pain - what did he see?
What did he feel? Gratitude? Relief? Hope?
Can we imagine?
We look back and meet Moses there on the top of that mountain. With him we look out and we can see what he couldn`t - the judges and the kings and the prophets who will come - Samuel…David…Bethlehem…Jerusalem…eventually Jesus…eventually ourselves…all part of the story of the Exodus, the story of salvation; hope for this world and the world to come – which is very near, never far away…
Do we have eyes to see?
The next time we encounter Moses is at the top of another mountain – the mount of transfiguration where Peter, James and John witness Moses and Elijah in conversation with Jesus, where Jesus is proclaimed to be God`s Son. (Matthew 17: 1-8; Mark 9: 2-8; Luke 9: 28-36)
If we are judged by the company we keep, then Jesus is to be considered as among the greatest of the great prophets and leaders of God`s people. The vision of these three in communion together and the accompanying affirmation confirms Jesus` authority as one to be reckoned with…
The question of authority is part of the exchange in today`s Gospel reading. Following the confronting and uncomfortable parable of the wedding banquet, Matthew 22 is a series of controversies and tricky trick questions asked by diverse groups at odds with Jesus:
the Herodians (taxes - Matt. 22: 15-22), the Sadducees (marriage at the resurrection – Matt. 22: 23-3), and today the Pharisees (the greatest commandment - Matt. 22: 34-40).
These questions are part of the Pharisees` plot to trap Jesus in his own words… Matt. 22: 15.
Jesus turns the tables on them and finally, asks them a question. He gets right to the heart of the matter. He quotes Ps. 110 – a Messianic psalm – and asks them, to whom and of whom is David speaking in this psalm when David writes `The LORD said to my lord…`?

    • Is David simply speaking about his son, Solomon, speaking to the next generation of the Davidic dynasty?
    • Is David looking ahead to the coming Messiah, to the One who will be the Lord`s anointed in a way far exceeding David`s own claim to kingship?
    • Is he speaking about something he cannot see or imagine but wonders about as he reviews his life and God`s actions?
    • Ultimately is this a prophecy of God`s plan for salvation?

The Pharisees do not like this question which challenges the view the Pharisees have of Jesus. There are no more questions from the Pharisees.
Not just upholding the Law but strengthening it, Jesus expounds the just, compassionate and wise rule of the greatest of leaders – based on texts handed down and honoured - to love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…and …to love your neighbour as yourself. Looking ahead…what do you see?

Joys and concerns

Prayer and the Lord`s Prayer

Let us Pray…

Lord of all Creation, we come before you this morning with thanks and gratitude that we have been made in your image. Our hearts and souls experience our deepest truth and joy when we are with you in prayer and know your presence within us.

Holy Spirit, as we have been gathering and connecting in new ways at Armadale, we pray that we are learning to appreciate things in our lives with a greater depth of vision and understanding. We pray that we will be enabled to get in touch, with what is truly important in our lives. May we dig deep and discover deepening Faith, perseverance and strength as we continue to walk with you.

Loving God, help us to discern with the help of your Holy Spirit the best way to live out your love ... with our neighbours, our friends, those in need that we are able to help and our beautiful planet earth

Lord in Your Mercy…Hear our Prayer

God of justice and Mercy we pray that you will be with all who are suffering in any way and pray especially for all who are suffering either directly or indirectly from the effects of the Corona Virus Pandemic. Be with those who are dying in Intensive Care Units and unable to have their loved ones with them. Be with those who walk alongside the dying and bring comfort in their pain.

We pray for all families who are caught up in the Aged Care Home Crisis. We give thanks for those who have been advocating for radical improvements in the administration of these nursing homes...

Lord in Your Mercy…Hear our Prayer

Ever-present God who is interested and present in every aspect of our lives, be with all who are struggling to make ends meet, the homeless, the refugees, those surviving in areas of war and conflict, all who are suffering from addiction and their families, the victims of domestic violence and all other forms of violence. We pray also for all who are in positions of influence; that they may govern wisely and humanely.

Lord in Your Mercy…Hear our Prayer

Lord of Love, we pray that you will look kindly on our congregation at Armadale. Be with those who need your help today and those who are on our hearts and minds. We give thanks for our minister Fiona and for our church council and all they do for us. This week in our church family we pray especially for Margaret Black, and Karel, for Lyn and Keith, Cheryl and Stephen, Margaret Leach Yvonne and Pat and all our young people.

We give thanks that “Arrow Health” has chosen to work alongside us and pray that this will become a mutually beneficial situation. May we move forward in hope and faith listening with the ear of our hearts for your continuing word for us.

Shall we say The Lord’s Prayer together…

TIS 231 `At the name of Jesus`
https://youtu.be/Xm19p9Nd-20

1 At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow,
every tongue confess him king of glory now;
this the Father's pleasure, that we call him Lord,
who from the beginning was the mighty word.

3 Humbled for a season, to receive a name
from the lips of sinners unto whom he came;
faithfully he bore it spotless to the last,
brought it back victorious when from death he passed.

4 Bore it up triumphant with its human light,
through all ranks of creatures to the central height;
to the eternal Godhead, to the Father's throne,
filled it with the glory of his triumph won.

5 Name him, Christians, name him, with love strong as death,
but with awe and wonder, and with bated breath;
he is God the saviour, he is Christ the Lord,
ever to be worshipped, trusted and adored.

6 In your hearts enthrone him; there let him subdue
all that is not holy, all that is not true;
crown him as your captain in temptation's hour,
let his will enfold you in its light and power.

7 With his Father's glory Jesus comes again,
angel hosts attend him and announce his reign;
for all wreaths of empire meet upon his brow,
and our hearts confess him king of glory now.

Jubilate Hymns version of 'At the name of Jesus',
Caroline M Noel (1817 - 1877)
© Jubilate Hymns Ltd

Blessing

May the blessing of God, Father, Son and Spirit,
keep us in faith, hope and love,
grow in us, faith, hope and love
that we may share faith, hope and love with all around us,
today and always.
Amen